2 - The Booty Calls...
Confession: I am a shoe feine. I crave the perfect boot like a junkie and go searching the city streets (hello West 4th!) until I find it. Why do you ask? Because the right boot can take your old, warm-weather looks through fall without missing a beat.
Let me explain: no one notices that you're still wearing your gray t-shirt dress from two summers ago when it's paired with a killer pair of fringed, embroidered boots (trust me, this happened Wednesday). Whether knee-high or ankle, leather or suede, boot or bootie, this season's shoes are a step in the right direction.
Believe it or not the more tarnished and beaten down your boots look from trekking through city streets, the better. Wear them flat or with heels (from three-inch to kitten). I personally can't get enough of the contrast of knee-length boots with pretty dresses, but they're just as glam over skinny jeans, tights and leggings.
You better work, Ang!!! And Vanessa's slouchy boots are so laidback glam.
How amazing are these boots! Get the slouchy, sexy look for $180 at aldoshoes.com.
"It's Fall, why on earth are you showing your toes?" Because it's fierce, that's why.
The dominitrax style peeptoe will murder any outfit (in a good way)! These killer booties are $119 at ninewest.com.
Okay, I'm drooling. Jimmy Choo gives you a more subdued, sultry version in suede for $550, jimmychoo.com. I know, the price is outrageous, but aren't they just beautiful?
-Fringed suede boot
Fringe adds the perfect Western, bohemian flair to any outfit. Keep the rest of your outfit artsy (i.e. no structured menswear pieces or lacy, frilly looks) and you've got a look that's retro, carefree and fun.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Just limit it to one fringed piece per outfit or you'll end up looking like Pocahontas...def NOT glam.
These cute, girly Betsey Johnson booties are $320 at zappos.com, and come in black and pink for the adventurous types. (And very cute pink bottoms, Betsey, a la Christian Louboutin...love it!)
Or you can go for a classic, Western look with these suede boots by Minnetoka that boast removable bead and feather details. $75.95 at dsw.com.
3 - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant
Okay, there's nothing wrong with the Hillary-esque tailored, monochromatic pantsuit...umm, right?
But Fall's pants are just as smart, sassy and confident---and more stylish by a landslide.
-Loose wideleg pants
They're flattering on everybody, I promise. If you're hippy or boy-shaped, get in good with your tailor. If you're short like me, invest in some comfy heels.
And the wideleg jeans are pure genius. Throw on a blouse and blazer and you've got the most comfortable work pants ever.
And for $34.50 at oldnavy.com, they're a no-brainer.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Be mindful of the hem. It should break right at the top of your shoe and slant on an angle toward the back. Highwaters are a natural disaster.
...are back with an edgy, rock and roll vibe. Look for an ubercool color like washed-out grey or fresh details like ankle zips and cropped lengths. Dress them up with red shoes, dress them down with black patent flats. Gap has an amazing pair for $55 on gap.com.
Work, Rih Rih!
Please somebody tell me where I can find those amazing liquid leggings Miss Rih-Rih was wearing. (Update: I spotted them at Urban Outfitters for $88 by Members Only but I'll be getting the H&M version...thanks).
I'd shy away from the brights since in the words of my gay crush, it's allllll about monochromatic color this season. So lengthen your legs in gray and black hues with matching footwear. And pair your leggings/tights with a long tunic or cardigan to keep the sex appeal at bay (remember proportions are key!).
The best selection of tights, leggings and knee-highs I've seen so far is at H&M. They have everything from leopard to metallic to striped for reasonable prices.
Oh and ladies, by the way, you can never look like you tried. You literally woke up and threw your clothes on and voila, you're a bonafide glamazon.
Let me know which trend you'll be rocking, and which you wouldn't wear to your funeral if you were paid in advance. As for me, I'll be rocker chic in a cropped leather jacket and peeptoe booties (already bought mine from Aldo!). But I'm won't be wearing harem pants unless it's Halloween and I'm Princess Jasmine...